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Line 9 will 'snake' across Ontario and Quebec waterways

Photo: Robert Cory

The National Energy Board's (NEB) announcement of its approval of Enbridge's Line 9B pipeline is generating outrage among environmental activists across Ontario and Quebec. The pipeline, already in place for nearly 40 years, has a history of leaks and the repurposing of it to carry dilbit (diluted bitumen) under high pressure is seen as an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen. Mark Mattson, an environmental lawyer and president of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, is particularly concerned. "There are hundreds of rivers that feed into Lake Ontario. [Line 9] will be carrying dilbit, and this pipeline wasn't made for that. It was made to carry other substances." He goes on to add, "Line 9 is just one of many, many emerging threats to the Great Lakes."

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| March 9, 2014
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| March 7, 2014

Pipelines, Tar Sands & the Environment

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location

918 Bathurst
918 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
Canada
43° 40' 6.6936" N, 79° 24' 46.0656" W

In the last year, Toronto residents have contested a plan to pump toxic tar sands oil through the city, while the Lac Megantic disaster makes us wonder what dangers lurk on our railway lines. Meanwhile, the city has been hit by two extreme climate events. We’re caught up in world climate change: What can we do?  At this Bagel Brunch, John Riddell and  Diane Meredith will share their  views on what has and can be done nationally and provincially. Diane Meredith has been active in the mining justice and Aboriginal sovereignty movement for many years and has been focusing on the issue of Tar Sands development nationally and specifically Line 9 provincially. John Ridell is a member of East End Against Line 9 and an ecosocialist activist.

Refreshments provided.

Risky business: Harper government set to announce decision on Line 9 proposal

Photo: Enbridge Pipeline from Kalamazoo Spill by NTSB

Update: The National Energy Board has approved the Line 9 project.

Update: The Harper government (Federal Ministry of Finance) is currently robocalling Canadians to participate in a phone town hall on the budget today, currently verified happening in London Ontario. Not coincidentally, this will happen at the same time as the NEB proposal is announced. Activists suspected the federal government would run some kind distraction from the announcement, and this appears to be it. 

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Enbridge's Line 9 needs environmental assessment, please

Photo: Enbridge Pipeline from Kalamazoo Spill by NTSB
An open letter to the Ontario Liberal government urging for an environmental assessment of Enbridge's Line 9.

Related rabble.ca story:

Photo: Enbridge Pipeline from Kalamazoo Spill by NTSB
| March 4, 2014
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Canada Revenue Agency audits prominent environmental groups

March 4, 2014
| Audits of charitable organizations happen all the time yet the recent audits of groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation seem far from routine.
Length: 12:19 minutes (11.29 MB)
February 19, 2014 |
Rex Murphy, a commentator on The National and host of CBC Radio's Cross Country Checkup, has been accepting money from the oil industry in the form of speaking fees.
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